Hot Air Ballooning In Cappadocia

Cappadocia hot air balloon tour

Hot air ballooning in Cappadocia is top of many people’s bucket lists – and it’s not hard to see why! Find out more about the hot air balloon experience, then scroll down to find out the top hotels in Cappadocia to make your adventure extra special.

Updated September 2021

Ever since I saw photos of the magical Cappadocian landscape topped with a sky filled with balloons, a trip to visit was planted firmly at the top of my bucket list.

Sunrise hot air balloon flight, Cappadocia
Sunrise hot air balloon flight, Cappadocia

The Cappadocia region of Turkey is the most popular location in the world for hot air ballooning. Last year, over half of the world’s balloon trips took place in the region, with almost half a million people taking to the skies.

It’s also one of the few places in the world you can balloon almost all year round. Trips run in boiling hot summers and snowy winters – and the landscape looks incredible in both.

Hot air ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey
Hot air ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey
Map of Cappadocia, Turkey

While on a flight, you won’t just see a few balloons, the sky will be filled with around 100 balloons of differing colours and designs. Every day is like a fiesta. Don’t worry though, it happens to be one of the most highly regulated places, and has an excellent safety record. To fly here, pilots must train for around 5 times as long as in other parts of the world.

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REVIEW: Point Hotel Taksim, Istanbul, Turkey

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Time to check out the Point Hotel Taksim in Istanbul, Turkey.

With only a few days in Istanbul, the dilemma is whether to stay in the old town close to landmarks such as The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the Grand Bazaar, or stay in the modern town, in the heart of the shopping, dining and nightlife district. I opted for the latter, and enjoyed 4 nights at the Point Hotel Taksim

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It prides itself on being an affordable 4 star hotel, within walking distance of Taksim Square – one of the best areas to stay in Istanbul. The name? Well it’s a triangular building, with the entrance being at a point. It boasts a 9th floor restaurant (where breakfast is served) with panoramic views of the city. There is a spa, gym and swimming pool in the basement, and a Japanese sushi restaurant and bar on the ground floor. It provided the perfect base for a city break.

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While there, I stayed in three different rooms, on different floors (I’ll get into why in a moment!) They were all clean, modern, with nice touches such as the gift of an evil eye bead (evil eye is a symbol of protection in Turkey), a pillow menu, a book with 101 Ways To Sleep Happily, a CD of lullabies to encourage better rest, and an arrival gift of a fruit bowl and a bottle of Turkish red wine.

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Adventures in Istanbul and Cappadocia, Turkey

Hot air ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey

This time next week, I’ll be in Turkey exploring two completely different areas – the vibrant city of Istanbul and the bizarre cave-towns of Cappadocia. Until about six months ago, it wasn’t a country I had thought about visiting. The …

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